Monday, September 3, 2012
Labor Day is a federal holiday.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Restaurants, bars: Open Convenience stores: Open Supermarkets: Open Retail stores: Are allowed to open, if the owners choose. Liquor stores: Open City, Town, State and Federal offices and facilities: Closed. This includes schools, libraries, and the Post Office (express mail will be delivered). Only emergency services are available. Financial Services: Banks and the stock markets in the United States will be closed. Some international markets are open. Some banks may open certain branch offices – often those inside supermarkets. Source: Mass.gov
There was a time when the average American didn't have a day off.
HOW IT ALL BEGAN The origins of the holiday were anything but celebratory. In fact, the first Labor Day "celebration" was actually a protest in which 10,000 workers marched to Union Square Park in New York City to support the idea of a holiday for workers. It was not until 1894, 12 years after that protest, that President Grover Cleveland signed into law a bill designating the first Monday in September, Labor Day. Several states had already passed legislation by that time recognizing the holiday. FEW WERE WORKING FOR THE WEEKEND In the late 1800s the average American worked 12-hour days and seven-day weeks to eke out a basic living. Children as young as 5 and 6 years old worked in factories and mines. WHO GETS THE CREDIT? More than 100 …
Friday, August 31, 2012
One last gasp before fall.
1. The weather has already seemed to change a bit out there. Enjoy the de facto final weekend of summer. 2. This is in case you're looking for something to do in the area. 3. Funeral services for Alexander Motsenigos, the Wellesley cyclist who was struck and killed a week ago, are 11 a.m. today at Taxiarchae/Archangels Greek Orthodox Church in Watertown. 4. The state primary is in less than a week. Look our for profiles on some of the candidates. 5. Have a great Labor Day weekend.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Looking for day trips in Massachusetts and beyond this holiday weekend? Check out what's happening in Boston, on the Rhode Island and New Hampshire seacoasts, the Cape and Martha's Vineyard.
Looking for a fast and fun day trip from Weston this Labor Day weekend? Summer in New England is filled with options. Check out what's happening this holiday weekend in a few favorite summer spots: (note that weather forecasts subject to change): Weather: Sunny throughout the weekend, with a high near 85 on Saturday and near 80 on Sunday and Labor Day. Clear nights with lows from 60-65 until Monday night, when it'll be mostly cloudy with a chance of showers. Laser Lights at the Frog Pond: Call Dustin Pedroia—it's time for a laser show. This multi-media event comes to the Boston Common Frog Pond on Sunday, Sept. 2, with festivities starting at 7:30 p.m. and the show scheduled for 9 p.m. Radio BDC, the new station streaming live on boston.…
Monday, September 5, 2011
Here are some fun facts about the unofficial last weekend of summer.
1. IT'S A CANADIAN TRADITION, EH? Yes, it's true. Stemming from labor disputes in the 1870s in Toronto, a parade was held in 1872 in support of a strike against workweeks that were — gulp! — 58 hours. Two dozen union leaders who were responsible for organizing the event were arrested under anti-union laws.(Source: Huffington Post) 2. THERE'S A FIRST FOR EVERYTHING The first Labor Day holiday was celebrated on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 1882, in New York, in accordance with the plans of the Central Labor Union. The Central Labor Union held its second Labor Day holiday just a year later, on Sept. 5, 1883. In 1884 the first Monday in September was selected as the holiday, as originally proposed, and the Central Labor Union urged similar organizations …